Nickerson State Park, Brewster

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Nickerson State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area of more than located on Cape Cod in Brewster, Massachusetts. The state park's sandy soil and scrub pines surround many kettle ponds which are dependent on groundwater and precipitation. The largest of these are Cliff Pond (the largest at across), Flax Pond, Little Cliff Pond, and Higgins Pond. Ruth Pond, Keeler's Pond, Eel Pond and Triangle Pond provide additional water habitats.HistoryThe land comprising the state park was once part of the estate of Samuel Mayo Nickerson (1830-1914), an area native and Chicago liquor distiller who made a fortune as one of the founding officers of the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1890, Nickerson built Fieldstone Hall on land overlooking Cape Cod Bay, a mile west of the present-day park, to be the home of his son Roland C. Nickerson, Roland's wife Addie, and their three children, Roland Jr., Samuel, and Helen. Fieldstone Hall was lost to fire in 1906, and a larger mansion was built on the same site. That building subsequently became a seminary and is now a major feature of the upscale resort known as Ocean Edge.Shortly after Fieldstone Hall burned down, Roland Nickerson died at age 51, his death at the time being ascribed to his heartache at the loss of his home and personal possessions. His son, Roland Jr., a naval lieutenant, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. In 1934, Addie Nickerson donated that portion of the estate on the south side of Route 6a for use as a "state forest park." It became the Commonwealth's first state park and was named in honor of her late husband and late son.
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  • Nickerson StatePark is a gem! lots of trails to hike,lakes to see and plenty of camping areas too.have seen so different kinds of wildlife--deer,fox,coyote and smaller crtitter too. visit for an after...  more »
  • Woodsy park with lots of trails. We wanted more of an ocean view so we drove furthur to some of the beaches. if you wanted to hike and stay inland this is an amazing park. Nice too at the end of the s...  more »
  • Local staple, unbelievable beach and views, overall a terrific time but the parking situation can be a little overwhelming.  more »
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  • A nice way to get away from the bustle. The Cape Cod rail trail clips through a corner of the park. There's a variety of camp sites available and a bunch of easy trails around a series of ponds. It's easy to forget these other options on the cape, aside from the beaches.
  • This is my favorite place to go camping on the Cape. Big sites with space between them so you really feel like you have some room to unfurl with your friends and family. Fire pits allow for campfire cooking and the camp store sells firewood. The best part are the ponds and beaches though. Higgins and Little Cliff are my personal favorites although this can change is water levels rise from flooding or there is abundant algae growth. If you snorkel, there are fish, turtles and frogs or tadpoles to see depending on the time of year you visit.
  • I stayed there in the summer for a bit. One night it rained about 3 inches of rain, but I don't blame them for the weather. The bathrooms were close, but could use some cleaning up. The whole lake was great. Plenty of beaches to eat lunch at and ducks to feed. It was awesome.
  • Nickerson State park is a great place to camp if you are going to Cape Cod. They have multiple lakes, and it is close to the beaches in Brewster ma. The boat rentals in the state park are great as well.
  • Positives: Wonderful camp ground with potable water strategically placed throughout. Shower stalls and restrooms abundant. Best of all great swimming in several lakes with sand bottoms. Negatives: No hook ups, Price is $22 for Massachusetts residents but $35 for out of state. Outrageous! We we are of state and have traveled 20 States and the most we paid was $30 but we had full hook ups.

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